Ilissa Ruiz

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Ilissa Ruiz was born in New Jersey and began her dance training at the age of three at Oneida’s Dance Studio, where she studied ballet, flamenco, tap, jazz, musical theatre, hip-hop, lyrical, and salsa. She completed the Dance Educators of America Medallion Testing Program in ballet dance with high honors. Ilissa has performed for Univision and the New Jersey Network. She was a member of TG Gordon Dance Company, and later fulfilled a study abroad program in Spanish culture and flamenco dance in Madrid, Spain. In addition, Ilissa began her own company in 2005, offering her services as a choreographer and master of ceremony for Quinceañeras and Sweet Sixteen birthdays, which she still actively operates today. She is also a member of the Zumba® Instructor Network, and has organized several fitness fundraisers for the March of Dimes in honor of her daughter, Aliana.

In 2011, Ilissa relocated to Miami, Florida, and joined the Focal Point Faculty, initiating the Flamenco Program at Focal Point Dance Studios. As a teacher with a Masters degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Ilissa has extensive experience working with children of all ages in various educational, artistic, and recreational settings. Her students have gone on to perform with the Disney College Program, The School of American Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, and numerous university dance programs. Her greatest inspiration comes from her family, especially her husband, Michael, and children, Aliana, Benjamin, and Ava. She is very happy to have obtained a position as a dance instructor at such a prestigious studio, hoping to have contributed to its continued success and the enrichment of its students.